A drawing of a young boy with an oversized head, a character from BLA BLA, an interactive website produced by Vincent Morisset in 2011.

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Unikkausivut: Sharing Our Stories premieres in Inuvialuit

Press release

2011/11/18


Montreal, November 18, 2011 – The landmark Inuit audiovisual legacy project Unikkausivut: Sharing Our Stories will have its Inuvialuit premiere in Inuvik on November 23, 2011, as part of a tour of Inuit communities across the Arctic.

Nellie Cournoyea, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, will join Claude Joli-Cœur, Assistant Commissioner of the National Film Board of Canada, for the launch of Unikkausivut: Sharing Our Stories at the Midnight Sun Complex in Inuvik on November 23 at 6:30 p.m.

The next day, on November 24 at 11:00 a.m., there will also be a free screening for students at the Samuel Hearne Secondary School, with Claude Joli-Cœur in attendance. 

Unikkausivut brings together 70 years of NFB films by and about Inuit, drawn from more than 110 titles—the most important collection of Inuit films in the world. It is a comprehensive new resource for understanding and preserving the history, stories and perspectives of Inuit peoples, and is available as both a DVD box set and online at nfb.ca/unikkausivut.

In December, the Unikkausivut box set will be distributed in Inuvialuit in the town of Inuvik and in five hamlets, as well as six community corporations and seven schools. DVD copies of Unikkausivut are being distributed free to 53 Inuit communities in all four Inuit regions of Canada and are available for purchase for home and institutional use.

The Northern premiere of Unikkausivut began on November 6 in Iqaluit, Nunavut, followed by screenings in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, on November 7 and Nain, Nunatsiavut, on November 17.

Unikkausivut is an NFB initiative in collaboration with the Inuit Relations Secretariat of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and the Government of Nunavut, Department of Education, with the support of Inuit organizations. Our shared objective is to contribute, in a lasting way, to the promotion of Inuit culture by providing Inuit communities with increased accessibility to their own audiovisual heritage and to provide all Canadians the opportunity to discover the traditions, culture, values and points of view of Inuit, who have shaped the history of Canada and continue to shape contemporary Canadian society.

About Unikkausivut: Sharing Our Stories

On DVD, Unikkausivut is a two-volume box set of three discs each, featuring 24 new or classic NFB Inuit films, including I, Nuligak: An Inuvialuit History of First Contact, filmed in Inuvialuit and produced by White Pine Pictures and Clearwater Media in co-production with the NFB.

Canadians also have access to more than 40 films online, at nfb.ca/unikkausivut, where they can stream films free of charge, including new titles from the NFB’s Nunavut Animation Lab project and Stories from Our Land collection. Users are able to access news about Inuit productions and NFB development initiatives in the North and purchase films to download. With over 110 documentary and animated films by and about Inuit, the NFB will be adding more films online on a regular basis.

Films in Unikkausivut are available in English, French and Inuktitut, versioned in the dialects of each of the four regions in which they were made: Inuvialuit, Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut. 

Inuit Advisory Committee

An advisory committee comprised of representatives from key Inuit organizations has helped to ensure that Unikkausivut: Sharing Our Stories reflects the interests of all Inuit regions. This committee includes Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Nunatsiavut Government’s Torngâsok Cultural Centre, Makivik Corporation, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, the Avataq Cultural Institute and Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada. Project development advisors are Martha Flaherty, Peter Irniq and Zebedee Nungak.

Sponsors for the launch of Unikkausivut: Sharing Our Stories include Adventure Canada, Air Inuit, First Air, Nunastar Properties and the Frobisher Inn, as well as the members of the advisory committee, who have all helped make the launch of this project possible.


About the NFB

Canada’s public producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada creates interactive works, social-issue documentaries, auteur animation and alternative dramas that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. The NFB is developing the entertainment forms of the future in groundbreaking interactive productions, while pioneering new directions in 3D stereoscopic film, community-based media, and more. It works in collaboration with emerging and established filmmakers, digital media creators and co-producers in every region of Canada, with Aboriginal and culturally diverse communities, as well as partners around the world. Since the NFB’s founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 4 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. Over 2,000 NFB productions can be streamed online, at the NFB.ca Screening Room as well as via partnerships with the world’s leading video portals, while the NFB’s growing family of apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV delivers the experience of cinema to Canadians everywhere.

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Information

Peggy Jay
Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
Tel: 867-777-2737
E-mail: pjay@irc.inuvialuit.com

Lily Robert
Director, Corporate Communications
National Film Board of Canada
Tel: 514-283-3838
Cell: 514-296-8261
E-mail: l.robert@nfb.ca